1. QB Jameis Winston enjoys his most efficient season
The talent has always been there and there have been some very productive seasons. But it’s also hard to ignore the many miscues.
Quarterback James Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had some solid seasons and was never shy about throwing the ball downfield. In five years in Tampa, he played in 72 contests and made 70 starts. He totaled 19,737 yards through the air and threw 121 touchdown passes. However, there were an astonishing 88 picks.
In 2019, Winston threw for an NFL-high 5,109 yards. He struck for 33 scores but was intercepted 30 times – seven of those thefts returned for touchdowns. In 2020, he joined the Saints and was Drew Brees’ backup. A year ago, he was the Week 1 starter for the club.
Winston is healthy and ready to go. There’s no Sean Payton but offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is back for his 17th season with the franchise. The seven-year signal-caller looked pretty comfortable in seven games before going down with a knee injury – throwing 14 TD passes and running for one score while committing only four turnovers. Here’s saying he enjoys a career year, meaning 30-plus touchdown passes while limiting his interceptions to single digits while playing a full season.